It’s been a while since I posted about beauty. I’ve been working on my personal development, hence my focus on the ‘wisdom’ section of the blog.
For several months I’ve been trying new skincare products. Some made promises they couldn’t keep, others caused trouble for my sensitive skin. A few products impressed me sufficiently to make it into the latest skincare roundup.
I am lucky to come from a long line of women with good skin. I also use a moisturiser with SPF 15 and without pore-clogging mineral oil, every day – rain or shine.
But I’m always on the look out for new products or devices which claim to halt or turnaround the signs of ageing.
Here are my current favourites:
£29.99 for a box of 10 x 50ml bottles (discounts for multiple boxes)
Collagen supplements seem to work well for me. I’ve tried a couple of collagen drink trials and they have plumped up my skin – but at a cost. The taste! Let’s be honest, no one wants to start their day with a drink that tastes like fish flavoured honey.
I think I may have found a brand I can stick with, because it comes in a shot sized portion, and tastes good.
LQ Skin Hair & Nails is a daily 50ml liquid vitamin supplement which contains 7000mg of marine collagen. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and helps to moisturise the skin; Resveratrol, extracted from grapes which contributes to cardiovascular health; Silicon which is found in skin, hair and nails; and vitamins B7, C and E.
The shot tastes fruity, a little fizzy and sweet.
The recommended dose is one drink a day for at least a month, preferably two to three months for best results.
£39 for 60 supplements
Samaya is based on Ayurvedic principles, an age-old system of holistic medicine, centred on the concept of achieving harmony between mind, body and soul. It’s one of my favourite skincare brands. The Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil which, with infusions of Jasmine is to die for.
My dosha (or constitution), as identified by Samaya is Pitta, which means I have sensitive skin – and a bit of a temper. I’ve started taking Samaya’s Skincare Supplements, formulated specifically for Pitta types, washing them down with my daily dose of LQ Skin, Hair and Nails.
The supplements combine Ayurvedic herbs with Hyaluronic Acid, CoQ10 – which drives the conversion of glucose into energy, Vitamins E and C to promote collagen and help tissue repair and strengthen the immune system. The Samaya difference is the addition of cooling herbs, specifically for sensitive skin: Saffron, Turmeric and Aloe Vera to name a few.
You can take up to two capsules a day. I’m only taking one, alongside the liquid supplement.
My skin feels in balance. I haven’t had a breakout for months. My skin tone is even and I’m not suffering any redness or sensitivity.
Time will tell how effective these supplements are, and I recognise it’s a less than perfect trial, when I’m trying so many new products simultaneously.
I read India Knight’s article about Beauty Pie months ago. She raved about this new members’ club for beauty addicts, where you could get high end products at cost price. It took me a while to get sufficiently low on my stock of beauty products to sign up.
In a nutshell, as a member, you pay a minimum subscription of £10 a month, which entitles you to a monthly spending limit of £100 based on the regular price.
For example, the first month, I bought a serum with a regular price of £85, which cost me only £8.03!! I had £15 left in my allowance – enough for an eyeliner. You do have to factor in the £10 a month subscription and the cost of shipping, but the savings are incredible. And that’s because you don’t pay for fancy packaging, middlemen, ridiculously expensive advertising or markups. The products come direct from the laboratories.
I was expecting cheap, plastic packaging, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I’ve bought two skincare products so far (reviewed below) and a selection of makeup palettes, pencils and mascaras.
BeautyPie hasn’t sent me any free products and I won’t make any money out of this endorsement. I’m just genuinely a fan.
£8.03 for members (retail equivalent price £85) for 50ml
This serum is super-concentrated and contains a load of ingredients I’d never heard of: BionymphPeptides and Wrinkle-Fighting Liposomal Complexes; an intensive stratum corneum moisture-boosting Marine mix; and Vitagenesis White -a revolutionary new ingredient that helps even pigmentation and brighten your complexion.
All I know is that unlike some sticky serums, this one is light and refreshing, with a zesty fragrance. I use this morning and evening under my moisturiser.
£8.19 for members (retail equivalent price £75) for 50ml
This smooth moisturiser includes retinol for resurfacing; ficucell vita as an antioxidant; shea butter to nourish; vitamins E and C for elasticity; ferulic and hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate.
It’s almost odourless, non greasy and if it came in tubs, I’d jump in feet first.
And finally, here’s an exciting new skincare device.
The Sensilift uses Radio Frequency technology to tighten and rejuvenate the skin, so you can treat yourself professionally in your own home.
The non-invasive device uses Dynamic RF™ technology combined with facial massaging. The little arms rotate and massage the skin while delivering RF waves deep into the skin’s multiple layers, to stimulate the collagen.
I always start these trials with such hope that this one will make all the difference. Indeed Sensica says that the Sensilift can ‘dramatically improve your skin’s elasticity to reveal tighter, smoother, more radiant skin, after just one use’!
I have so far only used it once. You can watch the video for my first impressions and let me know if you think it made a difference.
I’ll use the Sensilift once a week as recommended and write up my review in my next beauty roundup.
So watch this face, I mean space.
UPDATE ON THE SENSILIFT TRIAL
Much love, Vx[Disclosure: thanks to Samaya, Sensica and LQ Liquid Health for sending me products in return for my honest review.]